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I've been working on putting together some uniform concepts for the entire MLS, and now that some of the actual jerseys are leaking with some similar design ideas, I thought I better start posting them so I don't look like a total copycat. I'll post them in alphabetical order periodically, as I finish them. I'd welcome any feedback. Chicago Fire Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew DC United FC Dallas Houston Dynamo LA Galaxy Montreal Impact New England Revolution New York City FC New York Red Bulls Orlando City Philadelphia Union --- First off is the Chicago Fire. I wanted to return to a more traditional treatment of their kits, using the concaving chest stripe. I've taken cues from the Chicago flag to create a tonal pattern on both jerseys and the coloration of the away kit. While it's far from a unique idea (as evidence by their leaked away jersey for the upcoming season), I think it's the most iconic look they've ever had, and I anticipate it would continue to resonate with the civic pride of their fanbase.
I've been kicking around a few ideas for a Rapids away kit, so I thought I'd share. Sky Blue/Onyx Stripes I thought the sky blue away jerseys from a few years back were pretty distinctive, but since KC's rebrand, the Rapids have moved away from them. Perhaps pairing them with their dark gray "onyx" color would be a nice way to implement the sky blue again. Plus, there's an added bonus of harking back to their black/blue striped kits of the the early-to-mid 00s. Topography Coloradans are pretty damned proud of our mountains, so I thought a subtle topographic pattern overlaid across a white to sky blue fade would be an interesting way to reference them. Onyx/Silver I've always been a sucker for their dark gray, and I thought contrasting some metallic silver against it would look especially good under flood lights. Echoing the mountain peak from the crest would be a good way to add some character to it, too. Caribous Redux The Rapids had a pretty awesome April Fool's Day gag with the old Caribous of Colorado kits last year, and it was pretty well received by the folks who knew their Denver soccer history. I thought it would be fun to explore a kit that paid homage to the old NASL franchise, minus any actual fringe. 20th Anniversary Kit As the Rapids prepare for their 20th season, I thought a kit that borrowed from their past identities would be a nice way to celebrate. I've taken green and waves from some of their earlier kits, and paired them with black and royal from their second identity.